Max Verstappen, Red Bull, Spa-Francorchamps, 2016

Verstappen leads Red Bull one-two in second practice

2016 Belgian Grand Prix second practice

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Red Bull were quickest in the second practice session at Spa-Francorchamps after Mercedes avoided using the softest tyres during the session.

Max Verstappen pleased the large crowd of his fans who have headed to the circuit this weekend by setting the quickest time of the day. The Spanish Grand Prix winner ended up a quarter of a second quicker than team mate Daniel Ricciardo.

Unusually neither of the Mercedes appeared in the top five as Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton did their quickest time on soft tyres. Rosberg was sixth-quickest, a full second off Verstappen’s best. Mercedes chose four sets of super-soft tyres for this weekend, fewer than any of their rivals.

Both Force Indias set quicker times than Rosberg, Nico Hulkenberg in third with Sebastian Vettel separating him from Sergio Perez. Kimi Raikkonen, who angered Verstappen by slowing abruptly in front of him at the chicane, was seventh-quickest.

Romain Grosjean again sounded unhappy with his car on the radio but he took eighth while Esteban Gutierrez put the second Haas inside the top ten. Jenson Button’s McLaren separated the pair.

Pascal Wehrlein missed out on a place in the top ten by less than a tenth of a second. Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton were next, both having changed power units since the first practice session.

Pos.No.DriverCarBest lapGapLaps
133Max VerstappenRed Bull-TAG Heuer1’48.08527
23Daniel RicciardoRed Bull-TAG Heuer1’48.3410.25627
327Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes1’48.6570.57230
45Sebastian VettelFerrari1’49.0230.93827
511Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1’49.1001.01527
66Nico RosbergMercedes1’49.1611.07633
77Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1’49.2441.15930
88Romain GrosjeanHaas-Ferrari1’49.4191.33420
922Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Honda1’49.4191.33423
1021Esteban GutierrezHaas-Ferrari1’49.6481.56323
1194Pascal WehrleinManor-Mercedes1’49.7161.63131
1214Fernando AlonsoMcLaren-Honda1’49.7721.68730
1344Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’49.7821.69733
1426Daniil KvyatToro Rosso-Ferrari1’49.9161.83125
159Marcus EricssonSauber-Ferrari1’50.0831.99827
1677Valtteri BottasWilliams-Mercedes1’50.1512.06619
1719Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes1’50.1572.07229
1855Carlos Sainz JnrToro Rosso-Ferrari1’50.1942.10925
1920Kevin MagnussenRenault1’50.3752.29034
2030Jolyon PalmerRenault1’50.5622.47732
2131Esteban OconManor-Mercedes1’50.6592.57425
2212Felipe NasrSauber-Ferrari1’50.7192.63424

Second practice visual gaps

Max Verstappen – 1’48.085

+0.256 Daniel Ricciardo – 1’48.341

+0.572 Nico Hulkenberg – 1’48.657

+0.938 Sebastian Vettel – 1’49.023

+1.015 Sergio Perez – 1’49.100

+1.076 Nico Rosberg – 1’49.161

+1.159 Kimi Raikkonen – 1’49.244

+1.334 Romain Grosjean – 1’49.419

+1.334 Jenson Button – 1’49.419

+1.563 Esteban Gutierrez – 1’49.648

+1.631 Pascal Wehrlein – 1’49.716

+1.687 Fernando Alonso – 1’49.772

+1.697 Lewis Hamilton – 1’49.782

+1.831 Daniil Kvyat – 1’49.916

+1.998 Marcus Ericsson – 1’50.083

+2.066 Valtteri Bottas – 1’50.151

+2.072 Felipe Massa – 1’50.157

+2.109 Carlos Sainz Jnr – 1’50.194

+2.290 Kevin Magnussen – 1’50.375

+2.477 Jolyon Palmer – 1’50.562

+2.574 Esteban Ocon – 1’50.659

+2.634 Felipe Nasr – 1’50.719

Drivers more then ten seconds off the pace omitted.

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9 comments on “Verstappen leads Red Bull one-two in second practice”

  1. hmm. seems a surprise race but we do not know the tires used to set those times.
    @Keith, can we have the tires info added, please?

    1. All times set on supersofts except for Rosberg, Hamilton and Bottas (softs).

    2. Top 10 where I believe all of them on super-soft, except Rosberg on soft.

  2. Hard to see Renault and Williams forfeiting the rest of the season …

  3. Does anyone know what the problem was with the Renault? I think it was Palmers? He stopped after Les Combes down the hill, backed into the safe area then got going again.

    1. I almost wonder whether he was waiting for the 60 second timer on the Renault engine to reset (I recall Vettel having a similar issue with his Red Bull in the 2014 Austrian GP).

  4. Pascal showing that he is a serious talent, i know it was just free practise and not nessesarily reflective of quali or race pace. But none the less a good showing.

    1. Esteban was a second ahead in first practice. And now Pascal is a second ahead. Nothing can be said about these two drivers yet

    2. his pay driver team mate that just got dropped because of money reasons, was often faster or a match for Pascal, so to Pascal needs to up his game in my mind to prove he is what Mercedes think he is.

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